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Topic # 119666 9-Jun-2013 20:58
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Hi

Currently have SKY digital but do not have MYSKY.
We would like to have SKY on another room in the house.  The  TVs can share the same SKY channel - they don't need to be able to view different ones at the same time, therefore I  don't want/need the 3nd decoder option.

I understand that there is an installation option that will split the sky feed and so the 2nd TV set will simultaneously play the same channel as the first.   This would be fine, but how could I change channels from the 2nd room.  I would not want to have to go back to the decoder, in the primary room to alter the channel.   Is there a practical way around this.
We also have a hard drive recorder in the mix, ideally it would be good if this was setup with the primary TV but we could still view/playback in the 2nd room.

Is any of this possible?  Or, is the best I can do just split the feed  from the primary decoder  and take that to the 2nd room, and, if I want to alter what is playing then I have to go back to the primary room to alter. (which is going to be incredibly frustrating)

Any advice appreciated. 

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  Reply # 833237 9-Jun-2013 21:10
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What sort of TV's do you have in the different rooms. Are the flat screen or old CRT's. Are you concerned with the quality or do you need crystal clear? A bit of coax with a joiner will give you a UHF quality signal over the existing coax in the house. This would plug into the back of the hard drive recorder.

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  Reply # 833249 9-Jun-2013 21:23
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What is your budget and how important is picture quality?



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  Reply # 833261 9-Jun-2013 21:40
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TV's.  Flat screen in the primary room and willl be a flat screen in the secondary room (haven't got it yet)

Quality - not overly worried about quality (within reason)

Cost - don't want to pay an excessive amount, but happy to pay a reasonable amount to get the right setup.

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  Reply # 833331 10-Jun-2013 06:49
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Can you run cabling?

A run of cat5 for IR would do the trick enabling you to change channels from the second TV.



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  Reply # 833339 10-Jun-2013 08:06
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Cabling will have to be run to set up the 2nd TV...  so yes cat include some CAT5 cabling.

Sorry for my ignorance  but what is IR and and how does  this allow me to change channels from the 2nd room?

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  Reply # 833348 10-Jun-2013 08:39
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IR is infrared. To change channels you need an IR receiver at the remote and an IR sender at the STB end. Without this there is no way to change channels.

You really need to explain your budget and your picture quality expectations. It's impossible to answer your question without knowing these.


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  Reply # 833349 10-Jun-2013 08:42
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IR = Infra Red
You can get IR repeaters which bascially repeat the remote signal via IR or via cat5 cable using IR repeater units at each end of the cable.

Are you planning to also oneday place your media player at one of the TV locations?
May want to centralise the setup and have your modem/router and/or the HDD media streamer given consideration in this set up.

Beaware of cheap nasty IR repeaters with regard to your actual home i.e. distance/materials in the wall/cellings etc.



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  Reply # 833352 10-Jun-2013 08:51
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As far as quality goes - I would be happy with what we have now which is not HD. 
As far as cost go - I have to some cabling to get this setup and I guess I would be happy to pay up to say a $1k or so in setup to get things right.  Any more than this and i would have to think if isy worth it and perhaps just go with a 2nd decoder at $25 per month in the 2nd room.

Currently, I have viewd this purely as how to get the sky feed from the primary room/TV to the 2nd room and have the ability to change channels from within there.  But a later post raises further points re media centre and streaming etc which i had not really considered. 

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  Reply # 833356 10-Jun-2013 09:01
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1k !
wow, im pretty sure SKY only charge around $100 - $150 for what you want.
Add a hundred or so for the IR units, Id still think you would come under $500.

Im just guessing as I dont know your house / set up.




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  Reply # 833372 10-Jun-2013 09:22
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From the Sky website, it seems that they charge around $160 to take the feed to an additional room.
But I would also need CAT5 cabling as well to enable the IR (from a prior post). Would the sky installer typically do this as well if I asked them to? And would the installer supply the IR gear.. or is that something that I would need to do seperately?

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  Reply # 833380 10-Jun-2013 09:34
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Maybe just grab one of these.http://www.dicksmith.co.nz/product/L6042/dick-smith-5-8ghz-av-sender




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  Reply # 833438 10-Jun-2013 10:58
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ring around AV installers in your area for a quote on what you need doing.
i.e. second split for SKY and running the CAT at the same time.

You prolly need to run the UHF signal from the aerial in the same feed using a combiner/amp to make sure your second tv can pick up freeview when not using the sky feed from the first room.

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  Reply # 833450 10-Jun-2013 11:30
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pjays: Hi

As far as quality goes - I would be happy with what we have now which is not HD. 
As far as cost go - I have to some cabling to get this setup and I guess I would be happy to pay up to say a $1k or so in setup to get things right.  Any more than this and i would have to think if isy worth it and perhaps just go with a 2nd decoder at $25 per month in the 2nd room.

Currently, I have viewd this purely as how to get the sky feed from the primary room/TV to the 2nd room and have the ability to change channels from within there.  But a later post raises further points re media centre and streaming etc which i had not really considered. 

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$1k would pay for multiroom for more than three years. Perhaps that's better value overall? We had a similar dilemma and went with multiroom - although admittedly I wanted HD in both rooms, and had a preference to watch more than one channel at a time.

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  Reply # 833575 10-Jun-2013 14:23
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We have the sky feed split to our bedroom and to be honest the quality isn't awesome.

It's more than watchable, but it's below SD standard, with some mild ghosting and fuzziness.

We don't have a large house and tend not to channel surf from bed, so don't mind getting up when we need to change channels.

An Aerial installer did the split for us after we had MySky+ put in, so we needed a digiatal to analogue converter put in, too.

Didn't cost us much.

A decent IR extender shouldn't cost more than $150.00, so your budget should be well preserved.







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  Reply # 833577 10-Jun-2013 14:29
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I have a MySky, and ran one RG6 and two RG59 cables from the lounge to my bedroom and put RCA plugs on the end of them all so I run the feed from the Composite out on the MySky to AV in on my bedroom TV (which does not do HDMI). I'm happy with the quality. It would be about 20m of cable under the house.

I got a Wireless IR extender from Jaycar, and because I use a Logitech Harmony in the lounge, I just have the MySky remote in the bedroom. Works perfectly.

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